The world championship protagonists had been preventing for the lead of the race at Interlagos on lap 48 when Hamilton tried to go across the outdoors of Verstappen at Flip 4.
Nonetheless, Verstappen ran vast on the within line, ultimately working off the observe on the exit and pushing Hamilton even additional out.
The incident was famous by F1 race director Michael Masi and the stewards, nevertheless it was determined that no formal investigation was wanted.
Whereas Mercedes boss Toto Wolff mentioned that the choice to not punish Verstappen for driving Hamilton off observe was ‘laughable’, Horner sees issues fully in another way.
Talking to Sky he mentioned: “It’s two guys working arduous and Lewis has obtained a run across the outdoors.
“Max has gone in deep and so they have each gone vast, so it could have been actually unfair to penalise on that.
“If it was the opposite method round, I’d have let my sporting director have a moan about it however I wouldn’t have anticipated something from it.”
Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B, battles with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12
Picture by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images
Whereas many observers steered that Verstappen deserved a penalty for his actions, Horner mentioned that with none contact there was no guidelines breach.
“Penalty for what?”he mentioned. “There isn’t a benefit gained and no contact that has been made. I believe it’s simply arduous racing between the 2 of them.
“I believe truly the stewards made the fitting resolution on that. We’ve talked about this many, many instances concerning the allow them to race mentality, and I believe they made the fitting name as we speak.”
F1 has witnessed quite a few controversial incidents this yr of drivers being punished for forcing rivals vast, amid claims that there’s a lack of consistency from the FIA.
Horner thinks that it’s inevitable, although, when a world championship is at stake that such arduous racing will happen.
“With Max, he’s going to race arduous and Lewis is strictly the identical,” he added. “That’s two guys preventing for a world championship so it will be powerful racing. However I believe it was honest and there was no contact and so they recommenced it a number of laps later.”